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The benefits of journaling

Did you ever keep a diary when you were younger? At the end of the day, you could pour out all your frustrations, rants, longings and wishes without being judged on a notebook. A lot of us have outgrown the need for a diary and now, we are content to just rant to a friend or on social media.

If only we knew then that writing in a diary — now called journaling — has a number of benefits. We never would have stopped (some of us haven’t, thank goodness)! Here are three ways that journaling is good for our lives:

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Journaling helps us to be more mindful. In this fast-paced digital world we live in, we often zoom through our days, weeks and months only half-listening/reading/thinking. Living in such a distracted state of mind can be tiring and stressful. One of the ways we can slow down and practice mindfulness is to sit and write something by hand. This forces us to take our time, collect our thoughts, and think about what we want to say before committing our words to paper. Our communication skills improve, and we can be more intentional with our words.

Journaling can improve our physical and mental health. Your mental health can affect your physical health and vice versa. Journaling can affect both in a positive way. Psychologist James Pennebaker argues that regular journaling strengthens our immune cells. Some research has found that it might even help decrease asthma symptoms! Writing about what bothers us or the things we are concerned about can also help us release and/or process our anxiety and stress.

Journaling encourages you to exercise your mind. Whether you want to be more organized, more goal-oriented or more creative, journaling can help! Let your imagination run wild as you do stream of consciousness (aka just put down whatever goes through your head) writing or get your week in order through bullet journaling. Whatever you need or want to accomplish, write it down! That’s the first step in what could be the start of a new journey for you.

If you want a fresh new notebook to start with, check out the Idea Notebook which has blank, dotted and gridded pages you can scribble on.

If you need prompts while writing, such as images and questions to reflect on, then Journey: An Interactive Devotional is for you.

Or get both and write away!